José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero has a law degree from the University of Leon, Spain. He was later appointed Professor of Constitutional Law at the same university. He began his political career in 1986 following his election as MP for Leon and then as MP for Madrid in 2004 and 2008.
As an MP he served on a number of Committees in the Spanish Congress including Justice and Home Affairs. From 2004 until 2011 José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero was the Prime Minister of Spain. Together with the Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan Mr Zapatero promoted the creation of the Alliance of Civilizations.
In 2010 he was the driving force behind the Spanish government’s initiative to create the International Commission against the Death Penalty.